Eun Sook Kang

Membership:  2016

Member Bio

Eun Sook Kang is a professor of the maritime administration department at Korea Maritime and Ocean University in Busan, South Korea (2004–present). She received her PhD in Public Administration (concentrating on environmental policy and policy network) from Seoul National University (SNU, 2001). Her main research concerns are in understanding human behavior, and increasing social rationality through the improvement of public policies.
She has been a member of the Government Performance Evaluation Committee at the Korean Intellectual Property Office (May 2004–May 2008) and worked in the Department of Labor (May 2004–May 2006) in the Korean Central Government. She was a senior researcher at KIPA (The Korea Institute of Public Administration, Seoul) from March 2003 to March 2004. She was also a postdoctoral researcher in the BK21 project team at GSPA (Graduate School of Public Administration, SNU) from April 2001 to February 2003.


  • Bae, Jaegug, Jongseok Kim, and Eun Sook Kang. “An Approach to the Problem of Common Pool Resources through an Extension of the Equilibrium Concept.” Honam Mathematical Journal 35, no. 2 (2013): 225–34.
  • Kang, Yoon Ho, Eun Sook Kang, Jongseok Kim, and Nam Gi Park. “Participatory Budgeting System and the Changes of Equilibrium in Budgeting Game.” The Korean Association for Local Autonomy 24, no. 4 (2012): 49–66.
  • Kang, Eun Sook, and Jongseok Kim. “New Institutional Economics and Public Policy.” Korean Public Administration Quarterly 23, no. 3 (2011): 779–99.
  • Kang, Eun Sook, and Jongseok Kim. “Norm-boundness of Individuals and the Conditions for Successful Public Policies.” The Korean Association for Policy Studies 21, no. 3 (2012): 241–64.
  • Kang, Eun Sook, and Jongseok Kim. “Self-organization as Another Institution Arrangement for Overcoming the Commons Dilemma: The Legacy of E. Ostrom and the Remaining Challenges.” Korean Public Administration Quarterly25, no. (2) (2013): 1–25.
  • Kang, Eun Sook, and Jongseok Kim. “Human Irrationality and its Implication for Public Policies: An Application of Behavioral Economics to the Nuclear Energy Policy.” Korean Public Administration Quarterly 26, no. 2 (2014): 191–216.
  • Kang, Eun Sook, and Jongseok Kim. Coping with the Tragedy of Commons: Reviewing a Way of Solving the Commons Dilemma of Elinor Ostrom. Seoul: CommunicationBooks Inc., forthcoming.
  • Kim, Jongseok, and Eun Sook Kang. “Path Dependence, Emphasis on Informational Impactedness, and Public Policy: A Critical Review of E. Ostrom’s New Institutionalism.” The Korean Governance Review 20, no. 2 (2013): 169–194.